A few weeks ago I noted in the Heap of Links that pop star Shakira was taking a course in ancient philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Now she has successfully completed the course, sharing the news via Twitter:
I just graduated from my 4 week Ancient Philosophy course with the University of Pennsylvania (@Penn). I know… my hobbies are very impractical, but it took a lot of hours after the kids were asleep. Thank you Plato and predecessors for all the “fun” over the past month! pic.twitter.com/cFTCXDjliX
— Shakira (@shakira) April 23, 2020
The popular press seems to like the story:
This is the most attention philosophy has gotten from these kinds of news outlets since maybe… uhhh… Marco Rubio?
At a time when philosophy departments are threatened by budget cuts, low enrollments, and a failure to appreciate the value of philosophy, perhaps cultivating more celebrity endorsements is an advisable countermeasure.
Maybe philosophy needs an agent.